We made it to PART 3!
Hopefully you’ve read my first article in the series, providing background on MRT testing, and my second article explaining the testing process. If not, I highly suggest you check them out!
But hey, it’s one thing to talk about the test in theory. It’s another actually get your results and go through the program. That why, in this third article, I’m sharing my MRT test results and the exact plan that I followed. I can’t stress enough the power that this test has to heal your gut! After years of researching and trying different diets, this is the one thing that made a HUGE improvement in my health, and I hope it does the same for you!
My MRT Results
Don’t mind my random notes! As I mentioned, these are my actual results, and of course I was jotting down notes as my practitioner walked me through the information. As I mentioned in Part 2 of this MRT series, foods are broken into 3 categories:
- Green – Non-Reactive: Everything with a score of 1.9 or lower;
- Yellow – Moderately Reactive: Everything with a score of 2.0 to 2.9;
- Red – Reactive: Everything with a score of 3.0 and above.
You will also receive this handy little card you can carry with you (or take a picture of!) summarizing all of your yellow and red foods. Armed with results in hand, let’s chat about the first phase of the program.
My practitioner specifically allowed me to eat all foods that were rated 1.0 or below during my first two weeks of the program. Different people do it differently, but for me, each phase of the program lasted for two weeks.
That meant for two weeks I could eat as many pistachios, green peas, grapes, egg whites, rice, tuna and coconut as my heart desired! Along with a variety of other foods rated 1.0 or lower. My practitioner helped me to develop a menu that was super realistic to stick to. Since you will be able to eat certain foods from every food group, it’s honestly not that hard sticking to the program. Most other elimination diets require you to remove entire food groups from your diet. Having tried both types of programs, I’m here to say this one is infinitely easier!
Phase 2 to 6
With each new phase of the program came new foods to enjoy! In my second two weeks I could eat everything with a score of 1.2 and below. Then 1.4 and below. Then 1.6, 1.8 and finally 2.0. You will be amazed how quickly the number of foods begin to multiply.
The purpose of the first few phases is to only eat your non-reactive foods and give your gut time to heal. Essentially, you are repairing your gut and preparing it to reintroduce your yellow and red foods.
As you can probably tell, this program is completely customized to you and your results. With that in mind, if there are foods that were tested that you don’t like, there’s no pressure to try adding them back into your diet (since they weren’t part of your diet to begin with!). Also, there were a few foods on the list that came back as non-reactive that I know my digestive system doesn’t tolerate very well. For example, I typically have indigestion after eating oatmeal and quinoa. For that reason, I kept those out of my diet longer than necessary, despite them being ranked “Non-Reactive”.
The moral of the story: listen to your body and customize the program as needed.
Yellow and Red Foods
When it came time to add back my yellow foods, I added them back, one per day. Each day I would pick a new yellow food to add back. I would eat the food in a few different forms throughout the day. For example, for corn think corn chips, popcorn and corn on the cob. Then I would pay attention to how I felt. If any of my old, unwanted symptoms came back, I took that food back out of my diet. If, on the other hand, I felt totally fine, I kept the food in my diet.
When it came to adding my red foods back (wheat and yogurt) I really only had one food to add (yogurt) since I have celiac disease. Therefore, wheat is out of the question for me, regardless how healed by gut might be. For red foods, I added one back every 2 days. Pretty easy to do when you only have one food to test!
A super useful tool that I used throughout the program was a food journal. If you haven’t checked out my article on the benefits of food journaling, I highly suggest you check it out. This allowed me to track how I was feeling after each meal. Through this process I learned that some foods were ok if eaten sparingly, but if I ate them too many days in a row, they became problematic. I also learned which foods kept me feeling energized versus which were energy drainers.
My Overall Results from the Program
The person that started this program in October of 2021 is a totally different person than the one that completed the program ~15ish weeks later. I had been plagued by chronic sinus pain, fatigue, migraines, eczema, joint pain, unexplained bloating and anxiety for YEARS. This program literally banished multiple of these health conditions and massively improved the others. I ended this program feeling the best I had felt in as long as I could remember.
This program literally soothed the chronic inflammation within my gut, and as a result, my plethora of symptoms went away as well. The results were pretty immediate and then continued to get better and better, making it extremely easy to stick to the program.
How I’m Still Using my Results Today
As I mentioned in the previous articles, the purpose of this program is to heal your gut so that you can enjoy all foods again, not just your non-reactive foods. Our body has the most amazing ability to heal itself, and this program is living proof of that.
What I love about this program is now I have this information for life. Whenever I feel like my digestive system is a bit out of whack, I can revert back to only eating my green foods for a week or two and immediately I feel better. It makes indulging on vacation or the holidays all the more enjoyable because I now have the tools to get myself back on track.
I sincerely hope that this information has been of help to you! If you have any questions, please reach out! I would love to be a resource to you! Also, here is the link to the Oxford Biomedical Technologies, the makers of the test. They too have great resources if you are interested.
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